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Beginning Filmmaking

Produced and Directed by Jay Rosenblatt
23 minutes • Beta SP • color • 2008

The EMPA Work Life Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival

It has been two and a half years since Ella said she wanted to be a filmmaker. Now she is turning 4 and her filmmaker dad has given her a video camera for her birthday. Beginning Filmmaking takes us through one year of trying to teach a preschooler how to make a film. Ella rises to the challenge but on her own terms. We experience the joys and frustrations both of being a parent and of being a child, and find that you do have to be careful what you wish for.

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"...what 'Beginning Filmmaking' begins to show is not just a youngster approaching her first film, but the parameters of parenting. The scenario is scripted with laughs and love as Jay and Ella play their parts perfectly."
-Michael Elkin, Jewish Exponent

"Just four years old, Ella Rosenblatt is facing fundamental questions that sooner or later face every artist. How dedicated is she to her art? What is her art? How is her identity wrapped up in her art? And what the heck was she thinking when she embarked on this project anyway?
-Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters.com


The EMPA Work Life Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival


International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA)
Punta Vista, Spain
Hot Docs, Canada
Its All True Documentary Film Festival, Brazil
Full Frame Documentary Film Festival
Tribeca Film Festival
Seattle International Film Festival
Athens International Film & Video Festival
Hamptons International Film Festival
Play Doc, Spain
Cnex Documentary Film Festival, Taiwan
GZ Documentary Film Festival, China
Dallas Video Festival
Boston Jewish Film Festival
ZagrebDox, Croatia
Part of American Documentary Showcase


Director, Producer, Editor: Jay Rosenblatt
Camera: Thomas Logoreci and Ella Rosenblatt
With: Ella Rosenblatt and Jay Rosenblatt
Co-producer: YLE Teema

Beginning Filmmaking


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